Guide to Counseling at UMSL
Do I Need Counseling?
What to Expect From Counseling
When to Seek Counseling
Thoughts For Parents
Making an Appointment
Help a Friend
Suicide Prevention Information
Faculty and Staff
How to Refer a Student
Reaching Out To Troubled Employees
Services for Faculty and Staff
"Don't Cancel Class"
How to Deal with Disruptive Students
Intervening with "Troubled/Troubling" Students
Requesting a Presentation
“Don’t Cancel Class Program”
Information About Us
Meet the Staff
Internship and Practica
Internships at Counseling Services
Thoughts for Parents of New UMSL Students
Sharon Biegen, Ph.D., Director
Sharon is a licensed clinical/counseling psychologist with particular interests in women's issues, recovery from sexual abuse, family of origin issues, mindfulness meditation, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. She is past chairperson of the Missouri Psychological Association's Women's Issues Committee, and a winner of the UMSL Women Trailblazers Award. "My approach to counseling is to focus on strengths and encourage personal empowerment. I try to help clients develop a clearer and more positive sense of self in the context of relationships."
Lisa Busalacki, Counseling Intern
Lisa, a Master's student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UMSL, received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Rural Latino Education from Truman State University. After her undergraduate years she spent a year on the Texas/Mexico border and six months in New Mexico working with the Cesar Chavez Foundation running after-school programs for youth. Lisa is also trained in Reiki and Pranic healing. In addition to her internship at Counseling Services, she also works at the UMSL Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity. Her counseling interests include immigrant populations, Latino youth, first generation students, multicultural issues, and anyone else who comes to her door! In her free time Lisa enjoys running, meditating, and dancing bachata and merengue dance.
Rachel Humphrey, Counseling Intern
Rachel is pursuing her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UMSL. Rachel has a background in the fine arts and psychology, which informs her interest in incorporating creativity and narratives in counseling. She has a certificate in addictions studies and takes a whole health perspective when working with addictions. Rachel also takes a holistic approach to counseling, incorporating cultural, spiritual, vocational, and other relevant experiences into a collaborative counseling relationship. As a counselor and life-long learner, Rachel's current interests include identity formation, minority stress, holism, gender, sexuality, family systems, and working to lessen the stigma of mental health concerns.
Chris Sullivan, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist
Chris completed his Ph.D. in Counseling and Family Therapy from UMSL in 2010. His areas of professional interest include the impact of culture on individual and family therapy, with a special focus on cultural transitions, accommodations, and adaptations.
Erin Vasconcelles, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist/Training Coordinator
Erin received her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2008. Erin is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and has a number of clinical interests, including anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, sport psychology, concerns with performance, women’s issues, crisis intervention, and identity concerns. In addition to providing therapy and supervision, Erin also coordinates the training program for advanced graduate students at Counseling Services and serves as a liaison between Counseling Services and Disability Access Services.
Christina Warden, Counseling Intern
Christina welcomes the privilege of walking with clients in their journeys and helping them reach the next stages of growth. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Webster University, is currently pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UMSL, and is a perpetual student of the human experience. She uses an individualized integrative counseling approach, drawing primarily from brief psychodynamic and humanistic therapies. Her professional interests include sexuality, spirituality/religion, shame, courage, and self-acceptance. Her personal interests include meditation, writing, dancing, and nature.